Common Ground

I am not going to call for unity in the wake of this debacle of a presidential election. It seems too trite, simplistic and cliché to implement in a country that is divided in half. That is not to say, however, that I don’t think we need to work together to find common ground because I think we fundamentally all want the same things as Americans. We want food, shelter, health care, education, religious freedom, living wages, a means of retirement and peace, just for starters. But it isn’t just Americans that want those things, people the world over wish for the same. Three years ago, I was in South America for six weeks on vacation. My husband and I went to Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Along the way we met westerners from around the world–France, Germany, Italy, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand and a bunch of other places that escape me at the moment, but you get the idea. There were two questions that they all asked: Why won’t you do anything about gun control and mass shootings; and How could you elect Donald Trump? Well, that first one is hard to explain to people from other countries because of the subjectivity of the Second Amendment. Many people, worldwide, are horrified by the sheer number of mass shootings–especially those that involve children–in the US. As an example of how the world views us, we were on a small cruise ship in Galapagos and everyone was going around […]

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